Five surprises from the start of the 2014 baseball season
We know, we know, baseball is a long season. But every year there are a number of developments from the first few weeks that make your raise an eyebrow.
In today's Five for Friday, deputy sports editor David Selig looks at five early-season happenings that few would have predicted even three weeks ago.
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FROM MINORS TO MAJOR IMPACT( Adam Hunger, USA Today Sports / April 16, 2014 )
Glance at the AL statistical leaderboard and you may find yourself Googling a few names.
Who are Yangervis Solarte and Chris Colabello?
Solarte spent eight years in the minors before getting his shot in the big leagues this year with the Yankees. The third baseman ranks second in the AL in batting (.373) and he's tied with Carlos Beltran for the Yankees' lead in RBIs (9).
Colabello, from the collegiate baseball hotbed that is Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., had been in the independent Canadian-American Association for a decade before getting a chance in the Twins' minor league system in 2012.
After getting just 160 at-bats at the major league level last year, he's carved out a starting role in Minnesota and leads the AL with 19 RBIs. The 30-year-old RF-DH-1B is also batting .357, fourth-best in the league.